Gina McDonald netted her first collegiate goal against the Dutchwomen (Gil Talbot).
Alumnae Game Highlights
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In front of a crowd of prominent alumnae and Harvard Olympians, the women's hockey team collected its fourth consecutive win, downing Union (1-22-3, 0-12-2), 4-0, Saturday at Bright Hockey Center. The game put an exclamation point on the 2011 alumnae weekend for the Crimson.
For the sixth straight contest, Harvard (10-7-2, 9-3-2) netted the first goal of the game, this one coming off the stick of Kelsey Romatoski. Jackie Young corralled a pass at the blueline and slid a pass across to Romatoski, who blasted a shot through a crowd in front of the net for a 1-0 lead at 5:14. Jillian Dempsey padded the Harvard lead with a goal 3:28 later, converting a Liza Ryabkina feed from behind the Union net to put the score at 2-0 midway through the first. Harvard held the guests to just one shot on goal in the stanza, holding a 2-0 lead after one.
A quick second period saw the game's first penalty, but Union was able to kill off the Harvard power-play chance despite a few good looks for the Crimson. The Harvard freshmen stepped up for the third goal of the game at 17:20 of the second to put the score at 3-0. Elizabeth Parker poked a puck free along the back boards and Kalley Armstrong collected it and winged it to the front of the net. Gina McDonald received the pass and turned it around quickly, sneaking the puck past the Union goalie for her first collegiate goal.
Harvard entered the third period with a comfortable 3-0 lead and Kate Buesser pushed the score to 4-0, taking advantage of a power-play opportunity. Ryabkina picked up a pass from a teammate off the boards and worked the puck towards the Union goal where Buesser stuffed in a short rebound to seal the 4-0 final.
For the first time this season, Harvard committed zero penalties and the Crimson converted on one of its three power-plays in the game. Goalie Laura Bellamy made 10 saves on the day to pick up her second shutout of the season and up her record to 9-6-1 on the year.
Harvard heads back on the road next weekend to take on Brown Friday and Yale Saturday.